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AG Sends Investigatory Letter To EpiPen Manufacturer

on September 22, 2016 - 8:55am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  The Office of New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has sent an investigatory letter requesting information to the manufacturer of EpiPen, the brand name of an auto-injector used so that synthetic adrenaline can be administered safely and quickly to treat anaphylaxis caused by a severe allergic reaction.
In the past months, the price of EpiPens has risen dramatically, raising alarm that some New Mexico families may not be able to afford this life-saving medication.

Fall 2016 Begins Today

on September 22, 2016 - 8:50am

Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides) shown here in the Valles Caldera, receives its namesake from the way its leaves seem to ‘quake’ in even the barest of breezes. Courtesy/VCNP

Staff Report

Today marks the first day of fall and the autumnal equinox

During the autumnal equinox, day and night are balanced to about 12 hours each all over the world. Instead of the Earth tilting away from or toward the sun, its axis of rotation becomes perpendicular to the line connecting the centers of the Earth and the sun.

“This change in the tilt causes the change in seasons with the northern hemisphere

Letter To The Editor: Important To Vote For Judges

on September 22, 2016 - 8:12am
Los Alamos Federated Republican Women

A colleague recently asked me if I thought it was really important to vote for the judges on the ballot in November. I told her absolutely! Judges make all sorts of decisions, from the very personal—such as child custody—to those with broader, community impact—such as sentencing a convicted burglar to probation instead of jail time.

The judges we vote for in November could make decisions that will affect our lives, sometimes for years to come.

P&Z Considers New Development In Quemazon

on September 22, 2016 - 6:57am
At its Sept. 28 meetiing, the P&Z Commission will consider an amendment to allow development of eight homes at 4725 Quemazon. Courtesy/LAC
The Los Alamos County Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a meeting at 5:30 p.m., Sept. 28 in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Park Square.
Under consideration is an amendment to allow development of eight homes at 4725 Quemazon.

Free Home Efficiency Expo UNM-LA Saturday

on September 21, 2016 - 5:10pm


Home owners and renters alike are invited to attend the second annual Home Efficiency Expo on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Hosted by the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, this free event will focus on saving energy, water and money. Citizens are encouraged to drop in between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at UNM-Los Alamos, Student Center, Building 2 located at 4000 University Dr. in Los Alamos.

More than a dozen exhibitors will highlight water- and energy-efficient tips, retrofits and upgrades to improve the efficiency of one’s home and landscaping.

In-Person Training On How To Use LANL's Electronic Public Reading Room

on September 21, 2016 - 5:00pm
LANL News:
The Department of Energy (DOE) and the Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), are holding training on the contents and use of the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Electronic Public Reading Room (EPRR) 4:30-6 p.m., Thursday Oct. 13 at J. Robert Oppenheimer Study Center, Building  207, Room JRO 1 (West Jemez Road at Casa Grande).
The EPRR is an information repository for environmental and administrative information and correspondence required by Permit Section 1.10 of the LANL Hazardous Waste Facility Permit, issued November 2010.
The training will include

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 14–Sept. 20, 2016

on September 21, 2016 - 2:03pm

LAPD News:

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department. Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.


Sept. 14 at 7:38 a.m. / Police arrested John Lerma, 42, of Albuquerque at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged him with conspiracy and issued him a summons to appear in court.




Sept. 15 at 7:45 a.m. / Police arrested Shawn Trujillo, 19, of Chimayo at 1695 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

Sept. 15 at 1:35 p.m.

VFW Steak Dinner Supports Veterans 6 p.m. Friday

on September 21, 2016 - 2:02pm

NMCCB Statement On Death Penalty Reinstatement

on September 21, 2016 - 1:47pm
ALBUQUERQUE  We, the Catholic Bishops of New Mexico, find the decision by Governor Susana Martinez to place the reinstatement of the Death Penalty on the agenda of a special legislative session to be irresponsible. 
The legislature spent a decade debating the issue, ending with a bipartisan vote that ended the practice of a state-sanctioned death penalty. This was a definitive decision and had ample discovery of evidence and debate. That decision should remain final.
The abomination of taking a life, the death penalty, needs to be addressed in a general session

Macek: Snakes Need Our Protection

on September 21, 2016 - 1:45pm
Non venomous adult bull snake and baby bull. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

"If you talk with the animals they will talk with you and you will know each other. If you do not talk to them, you will not know them and what you do not know, you will fear. What one fears, one destroys."  Chief Dan George (1899-1981)
A decade ago, on September 4, Steve Irwin (known as the Crocodile Hunter) died in a very freakish accident. Some may criticize his methods but no one did more to educate the masses on reptiles and their plight around the world.

New Mexico #6 In Women Murdered By Men

on September 21, 2016 - 1:44pm
VPC News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — New Mexico ranked sixth in the nation in the rate of women murdered by men, with a rate of 1.71 per 100,000, according to the new Violence Policy Center (VPC) study When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2014 Homicide Data.
This annual report is being released in advance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. The study uses 2014 data, the most recent year for which information is available.

John F. Kennedy's 100th Birthday Commemorated On Forever Stamp In 2017

on September 21, 2016 - 1:42pm
USPS News:
John F. Kennedy 

This stamp commemorates the 100th anniversary of the birth of John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), 35th president of the United States. Kennedy was the nation’s first Catholic president and, at age 43, the youngest person ever elected to the nation’s highest office.
The stamp art features a photograph of Kennedy taken by Ted Spiegel in 1960. Kennedy remains for many a captivating and charismatic personality — one who appealed to the nation’s higher ideals and inspired young Americans to engage in public service.

Business After Hours At UnQuarked Friday

on September 21, 2016 - 1:41pm

Tips To Manage Waste To Minimize Bear Encounters

on September 21, 2016 - 11:41am

One of Dr. Kathleen Ramsey’s bear cubs enjoying delicious fruit donated from Los Alamos residents. Courtesy/LAC


Bears have been making their way into residential areas in Los Alamos because of lack of food in the wild and ease of getting it out of trash roll carts.

Here are some safe practices for managing waste to minimize encounters with bears:

  • Avoid luring bears on to your property by maintaining any fallen fruit; bring it here to the ECO Station and help donate to Dr. Kathleen Ramsay’s bear cubs at her rehab center.
  • Stock up for the winter and preserve fruit by canning or

LANL CTO Speaking At ProjectY Thursday

on September 21, 2016 - 11:15am

LANL Chief Technology Officer Duncan McBranch

projectY Cowork Los Alamos News:

LANL Chief Technology Officer Duncan McBranch is speaking at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 at projectY Cowork Los Alamos at 150 Central Park Square about “Startup Companies Working with the Laboratory”.

The event is free for the public to attend, but RSVP is requested in advance. To RSVP, click here.

About Duncan McBranch

Duncan brings to this role a strong track record as an R&D leader in materials chemistry and nanotechnology, an entrepreneur in biotechnology, a business development leader in growing new

Community Invited To Mothing After Dark Sept. 28

on September 21, 2016 - 10:52am

Visit the Los Alamos Nature Center to see beautiful moths and other nocturnal insects 8-10 p.m., Sept. 28. Photos by Mouser Williams

PEEC News:

Come see moths and other nocturnal insects at the Los Alamos Nature Center 8-10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28.

Mouser Williams will set up a moth attractor light and a big white sheet for the moths to land on. Over the course of the evening, various moths and other insects will stop by to investigate the lamp and will be easy to examine at close range.

Look for the bright black-light and white sheet near the flower beds in front of the nature center.

Range Road Improvement Work Begins Sept. 26

on September 21, 2016 - 10:41am


Los Alamos County Public Works Department crews are scheduled to start work Sept. 26 on a bus turn-a-round on Range Road just north of the intersection at Aspen Drive.

The work will primarily be limited to the east shoulder of Range Road, however, motorists and pedestrians should watch for increased heavy equipment in the area. The work is anticipated to last approximately one month, weather permitting.

The Project consists of a paved bus turn-a-round off Range Road, which will provide transit service to Ponderosa Estates.

Obituary: Mercedes M. Ray Sept. 17, 2016

on September 21, 2016 - 10:40am

MERCEDES M. RAY Sept. 17, 2016

Mercedes M. Ray, 89, passed away on Saturday, September 17, 2016 in Los Alamos where she lived with her daughter Kristine. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles (Chuck) Ray; son, Kurt Ray; son-in-law, Rick Scott and her 11 siblings.

Mercedes was a resident of Albuquerque for 64 years. She moved to Los Alamos after the death of her husband.

Mrs. Ray is survived by her four children, Karl (Kathy) Ray, Keith (Paula) Ray, Klaudia Scott and Kristine (Pete) Sandford; 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

A rosary will be recited on Friday,


AUDIO: Udall Announces Effort To Put Wi-Fi On School Buses, Help Close 'Homework Gap'

on September 21, 2016 - 10:23am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

  • Idea inspired by Hatch Valley High School Student
  • Also discusses efforts to address exorbitant EpiPen price hikes and treat prescription drug abuse on ‘Tuesdays with Tom’


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, on a conference call with New Mexico reporters, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced an initiative -- inspired by a Hatch Valley High School student -- to help close the “homework gap” by installing Wi-Fi on school buses.


Udall's proposal would allow the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to expand its E-Rate program, which ensures schools

LANL: New Insights Into ‘Plant Memories’

on September 21, 2016 - 9:52am

Artist's impression of a long, non-coding RNA system. Grey/blue/red indicates main long non-coding RNA. Green, showing a second RNA interacting with long-noncoding RNA. Magenta ribbons and blue barrels indicated RNA-interacting proteins. Image by Kara Fischer and Karissa Sanbonmatsu/LANL

LANL News:

A special stretch of ribonucleic acid (RNA) called COOLAIR is revealing its inner structure and function to scientists, displaying a striking resemblance to an RNA molecular machine, territory previously understood to be limited to the cells’ protein factory (the ‘ribosome’) and not a skill set

LAMS WEB Crew Starts Year Helping Others

on September 21, 2016 - 8:41am
LAMS WEB Crew welcomes seventh graders. Courtesy photo
LAPS News:
The Los Alamos Middle School WEB Crew (WEB stands for Where Everybody Belongs) started the year off strong.
They day before school started they welcomed more than 241 seventh graders to LAMS with a four-hour orientation.
The goal of the event was to ease the transition from elementary school to middle school and get students ready for a new year. Fifty-six eighth grade leaders spent time during the summer to receive the training they needed to welcome the newest Hawks.
During the orientation, the WEB Crew

Letter To The Editor: Amazing Changes At LAHS

on September 21, 2016 - 8:39am
Los Alamos

Since I attended the NEW HIGH SCHOOL – 66 years ago as an 8th grader, I so enjoyed seeing the pictures of the NEW high school today! 

I watch the Los Alamos of today on the Los Alamos Daily Post, which brings back so many fond memories. Amazing changes, from those old days.

NMSA-AI Announces New Executive Director

on September 21, 2016 - 8:35am
SANTA FE  New Mexico School for the Arts-Art Institute (NMSA-AI) has announced Shelley Winship as its new executive director. Winship, a resident of Chimayó, brings more than three decades of nonprofit and for-profit experience to the organization. 
“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am delighted to welcome Shelley as the new executive director,” Board Chair Ned Bennett said. “Shelley’s leadership and breadth of qualifications will help steer the course of our unique public-private partnership during the next critical phase of our evolution and growth.”

Balderas Launches Year Of The Student Outreach Campaign To Empower New Mexicans Of All Ages

on September 21, 2016 - 8:32am
AG News:
SANTA FE  Attorney General Hector Balderas proudly announces his 2016-2017 Outreach campaign, Year of The Student.
This newest phase of his office’s ongoing educational campaign encourages New Mexicans of all ages to see themselves as students and invest in learning opportunities that will equip them with the tools they need to make healthy and informed decisions.
“We recognize that all New Mexicans need skills and training to empower themselves for a safer, healthier and more prosperous future,” Balderas said.

Northern NM Entities Receive Federal Funding For Art Business Education And Business Development Projects

on September 21, 2016 - 8:27am
USDA News:
ALBUQUERQUE  USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner was in Española Sept. 19 to honor the Northern New Mexico Regional Art Center (NNMRAC) and the Regional Development Corporation (RDC) for their successful application for funds to expand business opportunities in northern New Mexico.
“Today’s announcement is an example of the Obama Administration’s efforts to create opportunities for people in the rural communities like northern New Mexico,” Brunner said.